Crashing the car of the future will be a pleasure

Crashing the car of the future will be a pleasure

James Yates from Skoda just informed me that the new Superb will have nine airbags, and I can confidently predict that within the next 5-6 years crashing a car will be a pleasurable experience, perhaps almost like playing in a bouncy castle (you remember those from your childhood, surely). That is, except for the impact on your insurance premium. But I might be wrong, because after 30 years of the airbag it should by now be impossible to die in a modern car, unless significantly exceeding the speed limit (in which case, the world may be grateful for the removal of your genes from the gene pool.) But it’s not. We still have ‘edge cases’ – those awkward accidents that are difficult to protect against (large truck hits driver’s door, or concrete post comes through windscreen, for example).

Fellow scribe Ben reminded me that in Demolition Man, Stallone was saved from a serious crash by expanding foam inside the car. This won’t become a  reality because you’ll need to trash the interior. But the inclusion of more and more airbags can only be a good thing in terms of driver safety. The worst thing is that the more airbags that go off, the more likely insurance companies are to write off a car in an accident because of the expense (and potential liability) of replacing them. In which case, foam might be every bit as valid!

James Yates from Skoda just informed me that the new Superb will have nine airbags, and I can confidently predict that within the next 5-6 years crashing a car will be a pleasurable experience, perhaps almost like playing in a bouncy castle (you remember those from your childhood, surely). That is, except for the impact on your insurance premium. But I might be wrong, because after 30 years of the airbag it should by now be impossible to die in a modern car, unless significantly exceeding the speed limit (in which case, the world may be grateful for the removal of your genes from the gene pool.) But it’s not. We still have ‘edge cases’ – those awkward accidents that are difficult to protect against (large truck hits driver’s door, or concrete post comes through windscreen, for example).

Fellow scribe Ben reminded me that in Demolition Man, Stallone was saved from a serious crash by expanding foam inside the car. This won’t become a  reality because you’ll need to trash the interior. But the inclusion of more and more airbags can only be a good thing in terms of driver safety. The worst thing is that the more airbags that go off, the more likely insurance companies are to write off a car in an accident because of the expense (and potential liability) of replacing them. In which case, foam might be every bit as valid!

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